The Routledge Guide to Interviewing sets out a well-tested and practical approach and methodology: what works, difficulties and dangers to avoid and key questions which must be answered before you set out. Background methodological issues and arguments are considered and drawn upon but the focus is on what is ethical, legally acceptable and productive:
From death row to the mansion of a head of state, small kitchens and front parlours, to legislatures and presbyteries, Anna Bryson and Seán McConville’s wide interviewing experience has been condensed into this book. The material set out here has been acquired by trial, error and reflection over a period of more than four decades. The interviewees have ranged from the delightfully straightforward to the painfully difficult to the near impossible – with a sprinkling of those that were impossible.
Successful interviewing draws on the survival skills of everyday life. This guide will help you to adapt, develop and apply these innate skills. Including a range of useful information such as sample waivers, internet resources, useful hints and checklists, it provides sound and plain-speaking support for the oral historian, social scientist and investigator.
'Bryson and McConville have produced a comprehensive survival guide for new and seasoned interviewers which takes our everyday experience of social interaction as a starting point for demystifying the interview process. Covering all the bases from initial approaches to potential interviewees to storage and management, this book is a comprehensive ‘how to’ guide that should help to minimise mistakes and maximise the value of the interview process. Designed for a wide readership, from academics to community workers, therapists to artists, this is a plain speaking troubleshooting guide to the world of the interview.' - Lynn Abrams, University of Glasgow, UK
Preface. Introduction. 1. Thinking Ahead 2.Ethics and Legalities 3. Resources 4. Groundwork 5. Developing Technique 6. Special Care 7. Shifting Focus 8. Storage 9. Analysis 10. Possibilities. Credo.